After Gallardo blows away Phils, Brewers rally in seventh

September 11, 2011

Today is 9/11. 10 years ago today, I was sitting in preschool. In fact, I’m amazed I even have any memory of this day (but I’ve been known to remember my early years better than most). Anyway, as I was sitting in my desk at preschool, talking with friends that I wish I was still in contact with today, when I noticed the teachers starting to get antsy and nervous. Nobody else in the class noticed this, at least they weren’t showing it- but I wouldn’t expect a class of four year-olds to, I guess, which is why I’m so surprised I picked up on it. The teachers didn’t say anything, obviously because they didn’t expect a group of four year-olds to even remotely understand the events the had just occurred in New York.

I don’t remember the rest of the day all that well. I’m guessing my parents tried to explain to me what had happened, but I know that it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually realized the significance of that event to our country. And, to be honest, it wasn’t until last year that I saw actual footage of the disaster. But that’s probably a good thing, because if I’d been any younger, I wouldn’t have been able to take it. It was even tough for me to take last year, seeing the two planes crash into the towers, hearing the people scream, watching the people jump… Just terrifying. But, today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Americans can proudly say that the very man behind 9/11- Osama Bin Laden- is gone for good.

Anyway, now that I’m done talking about that, let me say one more thing- to all the men and women who serve America, I salute you.

On one of the most depressing days of the year, the Brewers cheered me up by defeating one of my least favorite teams- the Phillies- 3-2. It snapped a five-game losing streak that the Brewers had going since last week in St. Louis. Speaking of St. Louis, the Cardinals defeated the Braves today, 6-3, and that lowered the Brewers’ magic number to 10, since the Brewers won as well. But the Cards swept the Braves, and are just 4.5 games back in the Wildcard race.

Yovani Gallardo flat-out killed the Phillies. He went seven great innings, giving up two runs on just three hits. He walked one and struck out 12, which ties a career-high. It was also Gallardo’s 16th win of the season, which continues to add on to a career-high in that category as well.

The Brewers got on the board against Vance Worley in the second inning on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI groundout. They had tons of other chances to score, but, up until the seventh inning, the Brewers did what they’ve done best over the past few days- leave tons of runners in scoring position.

Gallardo ran into trouble in the sixth inning, giving up homers to both Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Gallardo’s home runs allowed stat ballooned to 26 after today, and, in three September starts, he’s given up eight home runs. As long as they’re solo home runs, I’m fine with it, but, before today, they’d always be with runners on base.

Anyway, the Brewers finally gave the Phillies a taste of their own medicine in the seventh inning- they got three straight two-out hits, capped off by a go-ahead single by Ryan Braun. All of this happened off Worley, who took just his second loss of the year. It was also the first time in 14 games that Worley started that the Phillies have lost.

Rickie Weeks was in the starting lineup today after drawing a walk in last night’s game. But, he still doesn’t have an official at-bat since returning from the DL- he drew another walk today, and was hit by a pitch. I don’t know if the Phillies are extremely stupid, or if Weeks got a better eye while on the DL, but he just didn’t get anything to hit.

The Brewers have an off-day tomorrow, but will open up a two-game series with the Rockies at Miller Park on Tuesday. Zack Greinke (14-6, 3.93 ERA), who is 10-0 at Miller Park this year, will go for the Brewers. He has two starts against the Rockies this year, and has taken no-decisions in both, but the Brewers came back to win both of those games after Greinke left while on the hook for the loss. Greinke’s ERA in those two starts is 3.00, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA overall in his career against the Rox.

The Rockies will counter with the struggling Esmil Rogers (6-5, 6.26 ERA). His ERA has been over 6.00 practically all season, despite his record starting off 5-1. Rogers has a 6.35 ERA in his career against the Brewers.

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Brewers rally in ninth, but fall to Phillies again

September 10, 2011

The ninth inning of today’s game was a good sign for the Brewers. But, other than that, it was yet another clinic on how not to play offense.

The Brewers lost to the Phillies today, 5-3. The Brewers’ offense showed a little bit of life in the ninth inning as the rallied against Phillies relievers Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson. But, a George Kottaras groundout to end the game continued the Brewers’ skid of four straight losses.

The Brewers couldn’t get anything going against Roy Halladay, who had a 6.41 ERA against the Brewers coming into today. He went eight innings while giving up one run on four hits. He walked a season-high three (yeah, that’s a season-high for him) while striking out nine. Shaun Marcum, on the other hand, went 6 2/3 innings while giving up five runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out two. But, the first inning was the inning that plagued Marcum the entire game, as he gave up a three-run shot to Ryan Howard.

Anyway, I said yesterday that I’m not one to go into depth talking about the Phillies, because I’ll eventually go on a rant about how much I hate them (yeah, it’s that bad). But, let me get onto another topic- the freaking St. Louis Cardinals. I’m watching the game right now, and the Braves had a two-run leaded going into the bottom of the ninth. But, Craig Kimbrel, who had been lights out all summer, chose the worst possible time to blow his first save in 37 innings. I guess nobody can help the Brewers right now (including themselves).

And another thing about the Cardinals- Chris Carpenter came out and said that he yelled profanity after striking out Nyjer Morgan two days ago. Morgan claimed that Carpenter had yelled something at him after striking him out before Morgan retaliated, but there was no evidence until today that Morgan was telling the truth. But, I kind of expected it. I’ve always respected Carpenter as a pitcher, but I’ve never liked his personality. But that’s not to say Morgan went a little far that night as well.

The Brewers will try and snap their skid tomorrow at 6:10 PM CT (on WMLW, not FSWI). The Brewers will send Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47 ERA), a former Phillie, to the mound. The last time the Brewers won a game was when Wolf was pitching against the Cardinals, as he went eight innings while giving up just one run against them. Wolf is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in his career against his former team.

The Phillies will counter with the master of shutouts- Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47 ERA). Lee has a Major League leading six shutouts this season, and is coming off one against the Braves his last time out. But, he’s 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA against the Brewers in his career.